Dental Crown & Bridge

How does the dentist make a crown?

The usual method for fitting a crown involves shaping the tooth under local anesthetic and then taking an impression using a rubber-like material. The impression is then sent to the laboratory along with the details of the shade to be used, and the technician makes the crown.

 

What happens to my teeth while the crown is being made?

While your crown is being made, the prepared tooth can be protected with a temporary crown. This is easily removed just before fitting the permanent one. In most cases, the temporary crown is in place until the permanent crown is cemented.

 

How is a permanent crown cemented?

At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source, or a type of permanent cement.

 

What is a crown made of?

Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain or porcelain bonded  to metal. New materials are continually being introduced. Our Dentist at My Gentle Dentist @ Arana hills will discuss which material of crown would be best for you.

Dental Crown........Why is it needed.

A Crown is indicated if your tooth

  • Large Existing filling with a compromised tooth structure.

  • Crack/ Fracture lines running through the visible part of the tooth and you have no symptoms of pain/ discomfort in the tooth.

  • A large gap between 2 neighboring teeth.

  • A Root Canal Treated tooth that is being discolored or appearing to have cracks.

  • A large filling that keeps falling off too often.

  • A tooth is not Aesthetic, Rotated, Short in Height.

 

Before you leave the office, we will attach a temporary crown to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready.

What is a bridge?

Bridges are ideal for people who don't like dentures and only have a few teeth missing. Bridges are usually made by putting a crown on the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth in the middle.

 

Since a bridge is a fixed treatment option it can't be removed. These bridges are usually made of metal bonded to porcelain.

A dental bridge is not a very conservative procedure and is definately not a dentists preferred option unless all other options

have been ruled out.

 

Can implants be used to replace missing teeth?

 

Implants are an alternative to dentures and bridges. Implants are titanium rods/ screws (in layman terms) which are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as anchors for fastening dentures or crowns onto.

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